Daily Media Digest February 27, 2018

“A team led by Dr. Richard Kim of the Lawson Health Research Institute will use a just-announced $4.4 million in funding to expand a program at the London Health Sciences Centre to prevent adverse drug reactions and to study the feasibility of wider implementation. Personalized medicine uses …”
TAGS: personalized medicine, DNA, Research Funding


Canada NewsWire (press release)
“26, 2018 /CNW/ – AstraZeneca Canada today announced that Health Canada has approved Fasenra® (benralizumab injection) as an add-on … Scientific Affairs, AstraZeneca Canada Inc. “Fasenra is our first respiratory biologic indication in Canada, bringing us another step closer to our goal of …”
TAGS: Fasenra®, eosinophilic asthma


“A pair of UNBC researchers including Dr. Sarah de Leeuw with the Northern Medical Program co-wrote a commentary in a medical journal called the Lancet Series. The document called “Challenges in health equality for Indigenous peoples in Canada” focuses on some of the complex issues and health …”
TAGS: UNBC researchers, Indigenous health, Lancet series


Vancouver Sun
“He’ll be replaced by staff — including Eleanor Lee — of the Provincial Health Services Authority, who led the impressive redevelopment of the new Teck Acute Care Centre at B.C. Children’s and Women’s Hospital. According to the internal memo: “Eleanor Lee has a wealth of experience in large, …”
TAGS: Providence Health Care, Fiona Dalton


Toronto Star
“The registry will roll-out in phases to test the IT infrastructure and other elements, and “ensure that verification of credentials and appropriate oversight and accountability mechanisms are in place,” according to a statement from the Michener Institute of Education at UHN. Phase one was launched on Feb … “
TAGS: personal support workers, registry, long term care


McGill Newsroom
“You’re about to turn 60, and you’re fretting. Your mother has had Alzheimer’s disease since the age of 65. At what age will the disease strike you? A Canadian study published in JAMA Neurology shows that the closer a person gets to the age at which their parent exhibited the first signs of Alzheimer’s, …”
TAGS: Alzheimer’s, family history


EurekAlert (press release)
“Funded by Parkinson Canada, the study revealed that, inside cells, alpha-synuclein binds to mitochondria, where cardiolipin resides. Cells use mitochondria to generate energy and drive metabolism. Normally, cardiolipin in mitochondria pulls synuclein out of toxic protein deposits and refolds it into a …”
TAGS: Study, Parkinson’s disease, cell death, University of Guelph


Chemical & Engineering News
““We know that culture change takes time,” Science Minister Kirsty Duncan said in a statement. “But I am making every effort to meet with scientists and to encourage them to discuss their important work with each other and with Canadians.” Katie Gibbs, president of research advocacy group Evidence 4 …”
TAGS: government scientists, unable to speak freely to media


“A McMaster University professor has been appointed to a national body that advises the federal government on matters related to seniors’ health, well-being and quality of life. Dr. Parminder Raina, a professor in the Department of Health Research Methods, Evidence, and Impact specializes in the …”
TAGS: Senior Health, Senior Council


“A historian is in Saskatoon this week with a message about hunger and the role it plays in shaping contemporary health struggles among the Indigenous population. Ian Mosby is a postdoctoral fellow at McMaster University. Mosby studies food, health and colonialism and is speaking tonight at Station …”
TAGS: Indigenous health, hunger, residential schools


Huddle Today
“Modeled after the popular CBC Dragons’ Den television show, the foundation’s Medical Dragons’ Den – the first of its kind in Canada – will showcase three innovative ideas for advancing healthcare in New Brunswick. The foundation hosted a pilot event last year at the BMO Theatre uptown. This year’s …”
TAGS: medical research projects, Medical Dragon’s Den, Innovation


Toronto Star
“The first is to close the health gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples arising from colonization. The mortality rate for Inuit and First Nations infants is two to three times higher than for non-Indigenous people. The prevalence of diabetes for First Nations peoples on reserve is almost four ..”
TAGS: Global health, Canada, Leadership


“”We have more fundraising to do but we are thrilled that children living with Type 1 diabetes will have the chance to go to camp here this summer on the Island.” Diabetes Canada announced in January that it was closing Camp Red Fox in Canoe Cove, P.E.I., and Camp Dia-Best at Green Hill Lake, N.B. …”
TAGS: type 1, diabetes, children’s camp


The Globe and Mail-3 minutes ago
“The budget is expected to include measures that buffer Canada’s economy from the volatility south of the border in the long term. Paternity … Research. A report released last year called for $1.3-billion in additional research funding, primarily through three national granting councils for health, social and natural sciences.”
TAGS: Budget 2018, research funding


CBC.ca-11 hours ago
“When the committee asked the Parliamentary Budget Officer to research how much would be saved on prescriptions if Canadians were covered by these cheaper provincial drug plans, … Colleen Flood, director of the Centre for Health Law Ethics and Policy in Ottawa, supports the idea of a Canada-wide pharmacare plan.”
TAGS: Ontario Health Minister, Pharmacare


McGill Tribune-2 hours ago
“One-size-fits-all research metrics have no place in Canada, where the dominant narratives of academic research sit uneasily beside local models. … be allotted to alternative forms of research with priorities other than publishing, for example, providing research services to institutions such as health clinics and information …”
TAGS: local research models, biblimetrics, data collection


EurekAlert (press release)-13 hours ago
“The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) is Canada’s largest mental health and addiction teaching hospital and a world leading research centre in this field. CAMH combines clinical care, research, education, policy development and health promotion to help transform the lives of people affected by mental illness …”
TAGS: depression, mental health, brain health


The Globe and Mail-11 hours ago
“Health Canada approved PrEP in the form of the drug Truvada last year, but it has remained too expensive for many patients at $1,000 month. … Last week, the Community-Based Research Centre for Gay Men’s Health held a “PrEP Ed” session in Vancouver, where representatives for each local health authority attended “
TAGS: HIV, pre-exposure drug